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Tracy Jed, 44, of New Baltimore, isn’t a typical soccer mom.

While she’s a big supporter of her two soccer-playing sons, 8 and 15, Jed also plays soccer herself and runs, participating in 5K and 10K races with her oldest son and good friends.

About 12 months ago, pain and intense fatigue in her right leg started putting Jed on the bench and sofa.

“My right leg just felt really, really heavy, I could barely cross the finish line anymore,” Jed recalls.

Jed’s primary care physician, Parag Patel, M.D., provided her with a referral to board-certified interventional radiologist, Michael Bischoff, M.D., founder and director of the Beaumont Vein Center in Sterling Heights.

“Tracy’s case wasn’t typical,” says Bischoff, who has more than 20 years of experience performing and interpreting ultrasounds and ultrasound-guided procedures. “Though she was experiencing significant insufficiency in her great, small and intersaphenous veins, she did not have visible varicose veins to indicate this.”

A lower extremity ultrasound revealed Jed’s veins were unable to properly deliver blood from the ankle, lower leg and thigh up toward the heart, due to incompetence of the valves of her saphenous veins, which runs down the leg. Failing vein valves let blood flow backward and pool in her leg, causing poor circulation, pain and fatigue.

Bischoff successfully addressed the problem in May with an endovenous laser ablation. This minimally invasive procedure destroys the damaged vein, causing it to shrink, collapse and disappear. Afterward, the patient wears a support stocking for one week to minimize pain and promote healing.

To eliminate unsightly spider veins — a cosmetic issue, but potentially a sign of underlying venous insufficiency — Jed received sclerotherapy. In this outpatient procedure, a medicine is injected into the vein, causing it to collapse and fade.

“I feel so much better, more energetic, and I can run again,” says Jed, who ran her first 5K in a year on June 24. She also looked forward to returning to the soccer field this summer. “I’m glad I had this procedure done and would recommend it to anyone who wants to continue to enjoy an active lifestyle.”

Vein Center patients such as Tracy usually are able to return to work immediately following their procedure, Bischoff says.

“We make people look a lot better and feel a lot better, with minimal discomfort and the ability to return to their busy lifestyles right away,” he explains.

Treatment plans are developed in a one-on-one physician consultation, based on ultrasound scans, which assess damage. In addition to saphenous ablation, the Beaumont Vein Center, located across the street from Beaumont Hospital in Troy, offers perforating vein ablation, microphlebectomy and ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy.

Endovenous laser vein ablation and most other procedures can be completed in less than an hour and are covered by most insurances. In addition to the Beaumont Vein Center in Sterling Heights, Grosse Pointe Farms and West Bloomfield, Beaumont offers vein treatment in Berkley, Farmington Hills, Royal Oak and Westland.